Day 3 of the Corona Open J-Bay saw the Men’s Rounds 3 and 4 completed in pumping 1.3 – 2 metre waves at the world-famous Supertubes to determine the Quarterfinalists.
In an All-Star heat to open Round 4 South Africa’s Jordy Smith put in a scintillating performance of high performance surfing to grab second place behind Conner Coffin as the pair eliminated Joel Parkinson from the event.
Smith delivered the highest score of the 40 minute encounter, an excellent 8.33 out of 10, for a ride that saw him carve the wave up with powerful turns and finish with a gravity-defying close-out manoeuvre 300 metres down the rock-lined Supertubes point.
Coffin posted two excellent rides of his own, an 8.0 and an 8.03, to squeak just 0.47 of a point ahead of Smith in the final tally while Parkinson finished his final competitive heat at Jeffreys Bay in third place. Parkinson’s 9th place result marks his final time competing at J-Bay, after announcing his retirement at the end of this year.
Julian Wilson won the second Round 4 heat and he and Smith, who have adversaries since they were in their early teens, will do battle when the event resumes with the winner of the clash progressing to the semi-finals.
Defending event winner Filipe Toledo revelled in the outstanding surf pouring through the lineup. Finding one of the largest waves of the day, Toledo produced his own special brand of magic that the judges rewarded with a near-perfect 9.50 and the heat win.
That set up an all-Brazilian quarterfinal against Gabriel Medina, who was runner-up to an on-fire Kanoa Igarashi. The Japanese surfer posted the highest heat total of the event so far, 18.04 out of 20, and will take on Sebastian Zietz in the fourth quarterfinal.
Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Remaining Round 3 (H5-12) Results:
Heat 5: Wade Carmichael 16.77 defeated Jeremy Flores 11.70
Heat 6: Julian Wilson 12.80 defeated Wiggolly Dantas 12.23
Heat 7: Filipe Toledo 16.60 defeated Yago Dora 7.94
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza 13.77 defeated Michael Rodrigues 10.84
Heat 9: Sebastian Zietz defeated Owen Wright INJ
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi 15.83 defeated Willian Cardoso 7.67
Heat 11: Griffin Colapinto 17.70 defeated Mikey Wright 11.67
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina 15.63 defeated Connor O’Leary 14.20
Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Conner Coffin 16.03, Jordy Smith 15.56, Joel Parkinson 14.20
Heat 2: Julian Wilson 13.66, Wade Carmichael 13.00, Frederico Morais 12.90
Heat 3: Filipe Toledo 17.23, Sebastian Zietz 16.13, Adriano de Souza 15.23
Heat 4: Kanoa Igarashi 18.04, Gabriel Medina 16.50, Griffin Colapinto 9.50
Men’s Corona Open J-Bay Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Conner Coffin vs. Wade Carmichael
QF 2: Julian Wilson vs. Jordy Smith
QF 3: Filipe Toledo vs. Gabriel Medina
QF 4: Kanoa Igarashi vs. Sebastian Zietz
Photos by WSL / Cestari / Tostee.